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Sweeney Law FirmU.S. Grapples With Solutions to Preventable Medical ErrorsApril 2, 2009  Janet Brooks, Canadien Medical Association Journal   After years of warnings from former United States president George Bush that frivolous medical malpractice lawsuits were driving doctors out of practice and inflating the cost of US health care, the weight of evidence now points to preventable errors ”” not misguided...Sweeney Law FirmNew York Times Examines the ""Independent"" Medical Examination ProcessApril 2, 2009Exams of Injured Workers Fuel Mutual Mistrust By N. R. KLEINFIELD, New York Times Dr. Hershel Samuels, an orthopedic surgeon, put his hand on the worker’s back. “Mild spasm bilaterally,” he said softly. He pressed his fingers gingerly against the side of the man’s neck. “The left cervical is tender,”...Sweeney Law FirmA Victory in the Fight Against Federal PreemptionMarch 5, 2009MARCH 4, 2009 By MARK H. ANDERSON and BRENT KENDALL WASHINGTON -- In a loss for the pharmaceutical industry, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Wednesday that a Vermont woman can sue Wyeth for injuries she suffered after taking one of the drug maker's medicines. Justice John Paul Stevens, in the...Sweeney Law FirmUnited States Govt. Joins Lawsuit vs. McKesson Corp. and Golden HorizonsOctober 16, 2008Oct 6, 2008  (Reuters) WASHINGTON - The United States has joined a whistle-blower lawsuit against McKesson Corp and other companies accused of submitting false claims to Medicare, the Justice Department said on Monday. The complaint says that McKesson set up arrangements to make sure that McKesson's oxygen supplies and other durable...Sweeney Law FirmHospitals Are Not Reporting Errors as Required by LawSeptember 12, 2008Pennsylvania and New Jersey have laws requiring medical providers to report errors.  Experts say that compliance with these error reporting statutes is spotty, at best.   By: Josh Goldstein - Philadelphia Inquirer Staff Writer Two patients at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia required additional surgery last summer after objects were accidentally...Sweeney Law FirmHospital Stays Can Be Hazardous to Your HealthSeptember 10, 2008Hospital Stays are the 8th Leading Cause of Death in the United States By: Russell Blaylock, MD Odds are high that at some point in your life, you'll need to go to the hospital.You could be struck down by an illness or an injury ”” or perhaps just require some...Sweeney Law FirmU.S. Doctors Say that Lawsuits are a Valuable Deterrent to Dangerous DrugsAugust 18, 2008By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, The Associated Press WASHINGTON - Top doctors who run one of the most influential U.S. medical journals are giving the U.S. Supreme Court some unsolicited legal advice about a major case. Lawsuits can serve as ""a vital deterrent"" and protect consumers if drug companies do not disclose...Sweeney Law FirmMajor Health Carrier Announces it Won't be Paying for Botched SurgeriesApril 3, 2008April 2, 2008 WellPoint won't pay for botched surgeries By Tom Spalding, Indianapolis Star WellPoint has come up with a new way to protect patients from having a routine surgery go awry. It won't pay for them. The Indianapolis-based health insurer today said it has informed hospitals that service WellPoint's...Sweeney Law FirmOffice-based plastic surgery is risky businessMarch 27, 2008Office surgery incidents: what seven years of Florida data show us.     Coldiron BM, Healy C, Bene NI.Dermatol Surg. 2008 Mar;34(3):285-91; discussion 291-2. Epub 2007 Dec 20. Patient safety in ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) has received increasing attention, and the Joint Commission's National Patient Safety Goals now include specific requirements...Sweeney Law FirmFighting Pressure Ulcers Requires a Team EffortFebruary 20, 2008By AMANDA SCHAFFER Published in the New York Times on February 19, 2008 To understand why some doctors and nurses take bedsores so seriously, it helps to call them by their clinical name: pressure ulcers. An area of skin breakdown that occurs when sustained pressure cuts off blood circulation ””...